Researchers from the University of Sydney have recently published their findings that quantum dots made of graphene can improve bio-imaging and LEDs.
The study was published in the journal Nanoscale, where the scientists detailed how activating graphene quantum dots produced a dot that would shine nearly five times bright than the conventional equivalent.
Essentially, the dots are nano-sized semiconductors, which are fluorescent due to their surface properties. However, this study introduces the utilization of graphene in the quantum dot, which produces an extra-bright dot that has the potential to help medicine.
This from ABC Science:
The quantum dots in solution could also be injected into the body to bind to and detect cancer cells, the researchers say.
Graphene quantum dots would offer a relatively non-toxic alternative to current quantum dots proposed for use in the body.
Dr. Vincent Gomes, a physicist at the University of Sydney and an author of the study, believes this finding will be more efficient than the current standard for bio-imaging.
“Because they are made of carbon they are expected to be non-toxic and biodegradable,” said Gomes.
Aside from bio-imaging, the graphene quantum dots have electricity potential – with the ability to assist in making long-life batteries that charge and discharge in a matter of minutes instead of hours.
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